At Home

Friday: At Home

We made it to Friday. Today you should be updating your DS Tracker and making sure it is shared with Sandy and me. You should also make sure and spend time on Headrush and make sure it is reflecting all of the stuff you are doing. 

Yesterday we held a successful Communitas on our Discord server and a real-time text chat for Russian History. The Russian History discussion ended up going on for more than an hour. I partly credit Rasputin for being such an unbelievable historical figure but it goes to show that we can still do good stuff even while we are stuck at home. 

Speaking of being stuck at home, the weather is nice. Get outside a little bit. Sandy’s 5K training group has been taking advantage of the weather, I think everyone should spend a little bit of time getting some vitamins from the sun. Oh, and put it down on your DS Tracker and Headrush, too. 

I think this will be the last morning meeting email that I send to parents. Next week, I’ll just include the students. I wanted the parents to get a sense of how things are going to operate and I think that happened. 

So, check in on Discord. Up date your DS Tracker, keep up with Headrush. Sandy and I will go through and award DS Credits this weekend. In his weekly email this morning, Austin Kleon said, reading a book is the best distance learning. So go outside and bring a book with you. Two for one special.

Have a good Friday.


Question of the Day 3/26/2020


Solution to QOTD 3/25/2020

A. Jo is correct. When multiplying the same bases (in this case the variable x is the base) with different exponents, the exponents get added together.

The key here is to make sure that you are understanding the fundamentals of exponents, and also how to work with fractions.


Bird Watching

The class is up and running on Headrush and Discord. It’s a fun one!

At Home

Day 3: At Home

Good Morning and welcome to Day 3 of At Home
Things are starting to move and get going.

If you haven’t check out the Discord server, head on over (check your email for the invite code)

A lot of community building/maintaining is going on in the general discussion there and a lot of Learning Opportunities got going yesterday.

  • The first Treasure Hunt was posted.
  • The first Great Bake Off kicked off with a biscuit making challenge.
  • Writing prompts were posted by Joe in both Science Fiction writing and Journaling 
  • The first poem to read and discuss was posted in Short Stories and Poetry
  • The first documentary was posted in Documentary Now
  • The first two photo shoot challenges were posted in Photo Workshop
  • The first meme battle commenced in Meme Battles
  • Russian History posted the readings/videos for the week (we are on the Russian Revolution) 
  • We started collecting addresses so we can send mail in You’ve Got Mail
  • The first runners started their training in Couch to 5K
  • Terri posted her second Math Question of the Day yesterday
  • and a number of students took on the Weird Question of the Day

By the way, Karlee posted two science Learning Opportunities to the sign up document: 

Teacher-Led Learning Opportunities

If you still want to sign up for any of the teacher-led Learning Opportunities, head over there and sign up.

Also, if you want to join any of the Learning Opportunities that started this week, let us know or add your name to the doc. It is not too late to join any of them. 

Starting up soon will be Movie Club, Thank You for the Rain, Charades, Puppet Battle, Connections, Pre-Algebra, and ACT Math.

The weather is supposed to be nice this afternoon. Remember to get out of the house and enjoy the sunshine!


Question of the Day 3/25


Solution to QOTD 3/24/2020

x = 70*, y = 110*

The instructions tell you that the image is a parallelogram, which is quite important! Here are a few rules to remember when it comes to parallelograms:

a) Opposite angles are congruent.

b) Consecutive angles are supplementary.

Therefore given that angle D is 70*, angle B must be 70* also. And then, using rule (b) from above, 180 – 70 = 110.


Couch to 5K

The training plan starts today and is posted on Headrush.


Poetry and Short Stories

Go to Headrush to see the first assignment – a poem named “Alone”.


Question of the Day 3/24/2020